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Can an introvert fake charisma on stage?

I'm an introvert, and have made peace with that. Over the years, I've gotten much better at relaxing around people, but if I have to be honest with myself, I completely lack charisma. I'm in academia, which requires a lot of people-time: teaching, giving talks, and networking. How do I practice becoming a more engaging speaker? [more inside]
posted by redlines on Dec 14, 2014 - 21 answers

Lip buildup from talking

I teach a short lecture class, and by the end, there are gross white (spit? dead skin?) lines on my lips from talking that won't come off unless I scrape at them with a fingernail. I want this to not happen. [more inside]
posted by deus ex machina on Jan 22, 2014 - 13 answers

What is a good way to signal the end of a large gathering?

I regularly find myself needing to conclude a fairly sizable gathering of people. Too often I find myself at the end of our proceedings, saying something like "Have a great week," expecting people to get up and leave. But they don't. After an awkward moment, I find myself resorting to "We're done." Everyone laughs and finally leaves. How can I better signal a conclusion?
posted by toots on Dec 20, 2013 - 48 answers

Can't live like this...

If social media and crowdsourcing is good for anything, I figure it's to find some sort of answer to questions like these. Here goes nothing... I'm a 23 year old with cerebral palsy and while I'm very much a special snowflake in that I've been gifted with normal function as far as most of my life is concerned-most importantly in terms of intellect- there's one part of my CP that's made my life smaller and more miserable than any wheelchair could. It's affected my relationships with and opportunities for friends, dates and jobs, and for a richer life in general. Help me find a way out. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 21, 2013 - 24 answers

Great speeches in Spanish?

I am looking for short videos with examples of good public speaking in Spanish. I'd like to avoid English with Spanish subtitles, and I realized that I don't have many (any) examples from the Spanish-speaking world, so I've come to you for help. I don't necessarily mean grand political speeches - story-telling (Moth-like?), spoken word (would love to see this), monologues from plays, even rousing sports speeches from movies - all would work. [more inside]
posted by citizenface on Jun 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me be a better interviewee

I am generally a good interviewee when I'm asked about anything other than me, but I struggle with the personal questions. One kind that often gets me is the "tell me about a time when you were X." Another would be"list three things your friends would find surprising/annoying/etc about you" or "what is a particularly stressful situation that you encountered in the last x months". My problem with these questions is in responding quickly. Once I think of a relevant example/answer I am pretty articulate, but the timing is an issue. [more inside]
posted by tomtheblackbear on Jun 25, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I be less nervous during the lecture I'm giving tomorrow?

I'm giving an hour-long lecture tomorrow before a class of 50 college students. This is something I've never done before (although I've given shorter presentations to smaller audiences). How can I minimize nervousness/stage fright? [more inside]
posted by zeri on Feb 24, 2013 - 14 answers

[academic filter] know nothing, must give comment on it, on the fly. how to be OK with this?

I suffer from extreme performance anxiety but have been yanked in at the last minute to talk on something I know almost nothing about. Not performing is not an option. Need help. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Oct 18, 2012 - 23 answers

List of Top Best Tips for the Making of Making a Point

What's your favorite list of Powerpoint/Keynote/presentation do's and don'ts? [more inside]
posted by humannaire on Sep 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Advice for doing a best man speech for someone you hardly know?

Earlier this year I was asked by a friendly co-worker to be his best man. I accepted against my better judgement because I got the sense he had no one else he could ask. Now faced with writing an appropriate heartfelt (possibly humorous) speech I am at a loss. [more inside]
posted by iheijoushin on Jul 23, 2012 - 20 answers

How much should I charge to speak at an event?

I've been asked to speak at an event in a major American city in front of one or two hundred people. How much should I ask for my speaker's fee? Is this an accurate guide? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I sound like a human being when I talk?

I would like my voice to be engaging and interesting sounding. Difficulty: I currently have the tonal range of a garbage truck. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on May 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me be okay with looking like a dork.

I would like some help being okay with being nervous, being clearly nervous, during presentations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 - 25 answers

How do I avoid straining my voice

How do I deal with voice strain? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Apr 17, 2012 - 5 answers

I will participating in a speech competition early next week and I am feeling extremely anxious. Help?

I will participating in a speech competition early next week and I am feeling extremely anxious. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 - 9 answers

PowerPoint elegance for absolute beginners

I have given hundreds of lectures to audiences of all sizes and compositions, but I have never given a PowerPoint lecture. Help a complete novice do a great job the first time. [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Mar 18, 2012 - 35 answers

What makes a presentation interesting?

I've been asked to do a presentation to the new college hires that will be joining my department once they graduate. I've been given an hour, and told that I could pretty much do whatever I wanted with them, as long as I spend around 15 minutes talking about what it's like to work at our company and what they should expect for the first 3 months. I'd love to hear some input about how I could make this presentation awesome, and use the 1 hour effectively. [more inside]
posted by carmel on Mar 13, 2012 - 12 answers

I like my toast on wheat with freshly churned organic butter.

What should I expect at my first Toastmasters meeting? [more inside]
posted by Barry B. Palindromer on Feb 9, 2012 - 8 answers

How to keep from sounding nervous at the beginning of a faculty job talk?

How to keep from sounding nervous at the beginning of a faculty job talk? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Feb 4, 2012 - 16 answers

Technical presentation tips please!

I'm giving a technical presentation at an industry conference in two months, with an audience (guessing 50-100 people) including people I'd really like to impress. I am extroverted but terrible at public speaking. How do I prepare and build confidence for the presentation in the next two months? [more inside]
posted by ista on Jan 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Freight Transport and Logistics Lectures

Recommendations for interesting/inspiring lectures on the topic of freight transport, and logistics? [more inside]
posted by travellingincognito on Jan 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Dry throat, breathlessness when speaking in front of people

When I speak in front of an audiance I feel breathless and I take long pauses to catch my breath; my throat gets dry. While know it is due to mental anxity, I don't know how to fix it. I feel as if nothing is coming out of my throat, no matter how much I have practiced the speech before. I have tried chewing lozenges and breathing before the start of every sentence or clause. Thanks.
posted by musicgold on Jan 11, 2012 - 18 answers

Improve my elocution!

How can I work on a more "natural" delivery (emphasis, pitch, etc.) when reading books aloud? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Nov 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Finding the Straw Man

Academics: Searching with texts that promote a fair hearing for the opposition. [more inside]
posted by Tennyson D'San on Nov 14, 2011 - 3 answers

How do you write a statement of confidence (for boss)?

How do you write a statement of confidence for the Managing Director of a company, as an employee? [more inside]
posted by menialjoy on Oct 11, 2011 - 1 answer

An Americans Guide to Australia in 10 minutes or less.

What would a Kiwanis group would like to know about Australia? [more inside]
posted by wwax on May 31, 2011 - 14 answers

how to stop public speaking-induced voice freeze?

How can I prevent sudden attacks of muteness during public presentations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2011 - 7 answers

My voice is nasally! What can I do?

My voice is nasally! What can I do? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on May 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Public Speaking Over the Phone

How can I overcome my fear of giving presentations over the phone? [more inside]
posted by sabira on Apr 11, 2011 - 8 answers

What do you mean I have to make eye contact?

Presentation filter: How bad is reading, really? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on Dec 6, 2010 - 28 answers

Blood alone moves the wheels of history!

I've discovered that I'm an excellent public speaker. How does one capitalize on that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I tell my story without boring everyone?

I agreed to step in as a last-minute speaker at a rally for public education tomorrow. I found this question about speaking at rallies, which was really helpful. Now the problem is that I'm worried about being boring. How can I be a really lively, exciting speaker, especially considering that I'm speaking partly about personal experiences? [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Oct 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Suggestiond for telling 5 year olds about my job?

I am looking for suggestions on how to liven up a presentation about my job to a kindergarden class. [more inside]
posted by TedW on Sep 17, 2010 - 17 answers

ISO Examples of Effective Public Speaking.

Would you share videos of any presentation in front of a live audience, whose speaker's presentation style you found extremely effective (or affective)? [more inside]
posted by Tufa on Jul 21, 2010 - 3 answers

No-glasses rule for public speaking class? Really?

You're taking a public speaking class at a college located in the U.S. The instructor advises the class that glasses are not to be worn when making a speech, because the audience needs to be able to see the speaker's eyes. The problem with this directive is that you cannot read anything, at any size, without your glasses, and you don't have/can't wear contacts. What would you do? (A student attending a school in the U.S., which gets the usual accredited university /federal funds/Pheaa and student loans etc., is facing this situation.)
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2010 - 62 answers

Are iPads and tablet PCs viable substitutes for speaking notes?

Could a tablet PC or a device like an iPad feasibly be used instead of paper notes in public speaking? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on May 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Vocal technique for voice drop?

I've been doing some public speaking, and it's been going pretty well. One critique from a friend of mine, however, is that my voice tends to drop at the end of sentences. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Mar 26, 2010 - 9 answers

Thanks for having me, I gotta go. No, I really really gotta GO.

Public speaking and bathrooms. How do you make it work? [more inside]
posted by snorlaxx on Jan 14, 2010 - 17 answers

Why do people keep interrupting me?

People routinely interrupt me when I'm speaking in a group. Why does this happen, and how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 - 37 answers

Watch/Pen Audio Recording Device

Looking for a discreet audio recording device (not one of the typical voice memo recording sticks you get at radio shack, this must be discreet). I am a public speaker at my company and I typically speak at multiple meetings per day, with no time to take notes for follow-up questions. I need a stand-alone audio recorder that is discreet (wrist watch, pen, etc.) and that can handle at least 8 hours of recording on 1 charge / 1 set of batteries. [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Oct 19, 2009 - 19 answers

How do I fight back these tears?

I need some techniques to help me get through a relatively heartfelt wedding speech without crying like a big ol' baby... [more inside]
posted by Del Chimney on Oct 5, 2009 - 17 answers

Is there some sort of service that will tell you how long it will take to read a certain number of words?

Giving a speech filter: IS there any online service or program that you can put in a block of text and it will tell approximately you how long it'll take to read it out loud? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me, uh, help me fix my, uh, my stutter.

I have a horrible stutter which just came to my attention about a week ago. Not only is "uh" my favorite word but I repeat myself a lot. Help me, oh hivemind, to learn how to fix this problem. Written and audio examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Pseudology on Sep 7, 2009 - 17 answers

Help me be a good speech-giver tomorrow. Ready -- Go!

Public Speaking Filter: I've been asked to speak in front of a very large group at a public rally tomorrow. I'm excited, but I've never done this before. Help! [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Aug 29, 2009 - 29 answers

Professional panic filter

I had a potentially damaging lapse of ability at work today and need some advice on how to keep it from happening ever again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2009 - 21 answers

How to get invited to speak on panels?

How can I get myself invited to speak on panels at conferences? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Feb 5, 2009 - 12 answers

Drink your school! Stay in milk!

How do inspirational/motivational/informational speakers get started? [more inside]
posted by explosion on Dec 9, 2008 - 5 answers

How should I handle a public speaking component of a job interview?

I have an job interview in three days at a large public university medical center in the U.S. As the job has a public speaking component, they are asking all the candidates to give a 3-5 minute presentation on a technology or academia topic. How should I handle this? [more inside]
posted by playmobil on Oct 3, 2008 - 3 answers

What do you think about Kansans?

What do you think about Kansans? What are the stereotypes? [more inside]
posted by metricfan on Sep 19, 2008 - 43 answers

Public Speaking workshop in Toronto?

Please recommend a public speaking workshop in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Aug 1, 2008 - 4 answers

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